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515 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3


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The Seniors Lifelong Learning Society

and the Liberal Arts & 55+ Program-SFU Continuing Studies present

End of Life Expo 2017 - Presentations, Workshops and a "Marketplace"

Death comes to us all and is a natural part of life. Opening conversations about death can ease fears, help with practicalities, and deepen appreciation for life.

SFU’s End of Life Expo 2017 includes engaging talks and discussions, and an “End of Life Marketplace” featuring corporate, governmental, professional, and community resources. At this free, one-day event you can explore your questions and share your perspectives on the End of Life theme, including the practical to the psyche-spiritual, multicultural and multifaith, and new holistic and green/eco considerations. You can also encounter direct experiences with a diversity of Symbols of Death. This Expo is intentionally designed around a “transformative learning” approach to develop your own personal understanding of dying and its meaning for living.

For more information see: www.endoflifeexpo.ca

This is a free event, which only requires advanced registration. Note that registration does not guarantee entry to presentations. All presentations will be on a first-come, first-served basis on the day and some run concurrently.

AGENDA (Program subject to change)

Doors open at 9.15am

Welcome and Introductions: 9.45am-9.55am.

* The Final Journey at Home - Deborah Magdee: 10 am – 11:30 am

Join with Deborah to learn and discuss intimate details of her first-hand experience in journeying her mother through her home dying experience and later home funeral, and how these moments further opened their family to the beauty and love encountered in life…and death.

* Experiencing the End of Your Life: Reflections on MAiD - Dr. Ellen Wiebe, M.D.: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Dr. Wiebe, one of Canada’s foremost experts on MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying), will lead this discussion about choice in dying and her related experiences.

* Home Funerals - Pashta MaryMoon: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Join with Pashta, a Canadian leader in education on options in the pan-death continuum, to learn about and discuss caring for our own dead at home; specifically, designing your own home funeral.

* 10 am – 4 pm
With thanks and appreciation to Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services Inc. and Mountain View Cemetery of the City of Vancouver for sponsoring this room and providing its Symbols of Death. Experience the following through sight, touch and emotion:

  • Eco-casket
  • Simple cardboard body box
  • Burial shroud
  • Eco-urn
  • Regular urn

Chairs are also available in this room for sitting in quietude.


* Diverse Multicultural Perspectives on Dying and Death - Harold Rosen: 10 am – 11 am
Community interfaith educator Harold will explore with you a few of an otherwise great diversity of cultural ways for relating to dying and death.

* End of Life Companioning: The Last Three Months of Life - Zahra Lalani: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join with cancer and palliative care nurse Zahra, as she companions you through the last three months of life.

* Multifaith Considerations: Diverse Religious Perspectives on Dying and Death - Imam Mohammad Shujaath Ali Nadwi (Islam), Rabbi Hannah Dresner (Judaism), Myoshin Kate McCandless (Zen Buddhism), Firdosh Mehta (Zoroastrianism): 1 pm – 2 pm
Join with our panel of religious leaders, most of whom hold direct experience in end of life care, to learn about some of their religious traditions' perspectives on dying and death.

* Let’s Talk: Open Space/Open Sharing on Dying and Death: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Join with other End of Life Expo-goers to openly share personal reflections on dying and death as held before, considered through, and impacted on by this Expo.


* The Society of Notaries Public of B.C. Present:
Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Care Directives, and Representation Agreements - Tammy Morin Nakashima,
Past President, Society of Notaries Public of B.C.: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join with Tammy to learn and ask questions about these necessary end-of-life documents.

* The Great To-Do List: Get Your Paperwork in Order, Before and After a Death - Anneke Rees: 12 pm – 1 pm
Learn about (and even be surprised by!) the Great To-Do List associated with your end of life.

* Being Present, in Living and With the Dying - Tom Esakin: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Learn and practise some psyche-spiritual skills and techniques to be present with the dying.

* Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. and Mountain View Cemetery/City of Vancouver Co-Present:
Green Burial and Funeral Practices - R. Scott McFarlane, Owner, Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.,
Glen Hodges, Manager, Mountain View Cemetery/City of Vancouver: 3 pm – 4 pm
Join with Scott and Glen to learn about and discuss new green and eco options at your end of life.

Marketplace Vendors

      • Amherst Funeral and Cremation Services Inc.
      • Simon Fraser University
      • Mountain View Cemetery
      • Society of Notaries Public of B.C.
      • British Columbia Funeral Association
      • The Al Haque Mosque - The BC Muslim Association
      • Callanish Society
      • CINDEA
      • Consumer Protection B.C.
      • Dying Matters Canada
      • Dying With Dignity Canada
      • Emerald Memorials
      • End of Life Companion
      • Family Caregivers of British Columbia
      • Goodbye Clutter!
      • Honouring the Circle of Life
      • Legal Services Society—Legal Aid B.C.
      • Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society
      • Luminescence Creative Grief Support
      • Memorial Society of British Columbia
      • People’s Law School
      • Roman Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Vancouver
      • Sacred Dying Foundation
      • Seniors First BC
      • Vancouver Threshold Choir
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